Copiague School District’s elementary-aged summer program closed out it first week with plenty of activity. Here’s just a sampling of some of the happening this week:
• Incoming kindergarteners worked in small groups and performed an experiment to determine if the shape of a bubble wand affects the shape of a bubble.
• Fourth-graders built “All About Me” towers using trial and error.
• Fifth-graders learned about scientific method. They placed gummy bears in four different solutions and used the step by step procedures to observe, investigate, problem solve, test their hypothesis and analyze their results.
• Fourth-graders used the scientific method to determine if people who are taller have a larger shoe size than people who are shorter.
• Fifth-graders participated in mindfulness exercises.
• Fourth-graders worked on different STEM challenges in small groups, balancing and moving cups using teamwork and in some cases, nonverbal communication.
• Tech-savvy third-graders used Z-Space computers to engage in different lessons.
Fifth-graders in Karen Coyle’s class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School participated in a hands-on science lesson by dissecting owl pellets. Students learned that consumers in an ecosystem get energy by eating other organisms. They also learned that owls are tertiary consumers, which are at the top of the food chain energy pyramid and are generally not hunted or eaten for energy.
In an effort to recognize students for their artistic talent, character, academic successes, leadership and citizenship, Copiague School District held its Superintendent’s Art Gallery Inductees and Student Recognition Awards ceremony prior to the June 18 board of education meeting in the Copiague Middle School auditorium.
District administrators, faculty and board of education members gathered with invited students and their guests to celebrate their successes.
The Superintendent’s Art Gallery inductees and Fine Arts Festival crowd favorites – 34 pieces of art – were on display for the audience to enjoy. Now in its 22nd year, the Superintendent’s Art Gallery began when the Copiague art teachers selected several pieces of student artwork to display.
Through the years, the collection has grown to provide a showcase of student artwork in corridors and offices in each of the schools. Each of the framed pieces is identified by a brass plate noting the student-artist’s name, grade level and year the piece was completed. Crowd favorite art pieces – three in total this year from the elementary, middle school and high school – were also chosen by the Copiague community during the annual Fine Arts Festival. The crowd favorite artwork is professional framed, and each winner receives a $100 check courtesy of the Copiague Teacher’s Association.
Chosen by the Board of Education, the Student Recognition Awards highlight students for their outstanding achievements. They are presented twice a year to a small number of students for their special accomplishments. Thirty-five students were honored during the ceremony, as board of education members read a brief description from teachers and principals on why the students were designated for the honor.
“Publicly recognizing excellence is our way of celebrating some of the great successes of the Copiague schools’ programs and, at the same time, enabling us to showcase outstanding role models to our school community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon.
Dressed in red, white and blue, and displaying their American flags, first- and second-grade students at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School joined together to celebrate Flag Day. The students sang several patriotic songs, read together with their buddies and learned about symbols of the United States.
Fourth-graders in Jennifer Spizuco’s class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School have been navigating different programs using their Chromebooks all year long. Upon completing their energy works unit in science, students created a slideshow using Google Slides to explain what energy is as well as the different types of energy that are all around us. Students learned how to change the font and color of their writing and add pictures to their presentations.